Field Meetings

NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings

Field meetings are open to  members only. All members are welcome giving opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under  NEWS items).

Field meetings for 2017 are listed below.

Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn.  Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant.  Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.

Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations!  Also note that return times are approximate only.

Ripon Parks SSSI

Walking through the Ripon Parks SSSI including visits to YWT Ripon Loop and High Batts NR.
Meet at High Batts car park at 9am and prepare to car share to Ripon Golf Course. Then walk back to the High Batts NR.
Interest - mainly birds but with some geology and mammal interest.
A pre booked late lunch will be taken in a local hostelry (probably in West Tanfield) and numbers need to be confirmed to Muff Upsall by the 5th December, please. Any one can join the walk without taking the pre-booked lunch.
Depending on the weather and how any Starling roosts develop in the Ripon area a late afternoon visit to a roost will take place to watch any murmuration.

Leader: Colin Slator

When: Tue December 19 09:00 - 16:00


Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m.  These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.

Work of the RSPB in Yorkshire

Helen Byron, RSPB
Highlights of work in the wider countryside: saving species, habitats, sites and landscapes; uplands, working with farmers, involvement in planning and advocacy.
When: Wed January 10 2018 19:30 - 21:30


Dr Nick Gaunt
Awe-inspiring scenery where the Kalahari desert meets the infamous Skeleton Coast. A remarkable variety of wildlife clinging on to life in an apparently hostile environment.
When: Wed January 24 2018 19:30 - 21:30


Mike Watson
Spring visits in search of the seven readily available grouse species. Also a great selection of special North American bird species, some spectacular scenery and lots of snow!
When: Wed February 7 2018 19:30 - 21:30

Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust: an Overview

Dan Turner YDRT
Natural Flood Management, an Upper Wharfe perspective. A proactive approach to flood management, working with natural processes to slow the flow of water.
When: Wed February 21 2018 19:30 - 21:30

Swift Conservation

Edward Mayer
This talk presents new and interesting facts about Swifts, explains why they are in trouble, and suggests ways in which we can help Swifts survive and thrive.
When: Wed March 7 2018 19:30 - 21:30

Spiders - a natural history

Geoff Oxford, University of York, YNU
British spiders: their numbers, structure and importance in various food webs; feeding, moulting and mating. Silk – the defining feature of spiders - will be a recurring theme.
When: Wed March 21 2018 19:30 - 21:30

Annual General Meeting

When: Wed April 25 2018 19:30 - 21:30

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